NYC is veritable wellness haven. In fact, I believe it's the capital of the current wellness boom. It seems that everywhere you turn there's a yoga studio, chiropractor, or massage therapist, and each one is as good as the next. But sometimes, there are a few that are so extra special they deserve an honorable mention. Here are five NYC wellness gurus you cannot miss on your next trip to NYC. (And, spoiler alert, some even offer remote services!)
Sarah Sajdak: Aquarius Acupuncture:
80 E 11th Street, Suite 309
New York, NY 10003
A scholar of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbology, Sarah is an intuitive healer and acupuncturist who gets straight to the root of disease. You walk into her celestial blue office and a calm immediately washes over you. And when you're greeted by Sarah, whose kindness is almost disarming, you get the overwhelming sense that everything is going to be okay. And it is. From healing neuropathy to GI diseases, to migraines and more, Sarah is fearless and quickly targets the cause of problems. I've seen more success in a few months with Sarah than in a few years with traditional doctors. Plus, she's a wealth of knowledge on all things wellness and never tries to sell you anything. She’s attentive, compassionate and a real joy to be around. Each visit feels like a therapy session where I emerge an even shinier version of myself.
Deganit Nuur: Nuurvana Wellness
80 E. 11th Street, Suite 314
New York, NY 10003
After working with Sarah for over a year, she suggested I meet with Deganit to dig a little deeper into my healing work. Since what Sarah says goes, I quickly reached out to set up an appointment and boy oh boy did this not disappoint. Before you see Deganit, you can hear her happy laughter echoing the halls. It's the warmest laugh I've ever heard and felt kind of like sunbeams if that makes any sense?! Deganit is licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist, clairvoyant intuitive, and meditation instructor. Whooh, that was a mouthful, but the moment you see how each of these talents converge with one another to deliver an experience that is, let's just say, otherworldly, you'll be so happy you sought this multitalented lady out. I visited Deganit for acupuncture and an intuitive reading. We started with a health history where I rambled off my autoimmune issues and scratched my head at my seemingly perfect wellness regimen that wasn't always serving me. Then she put me on the table, popped in a few needles and launched full speed into the intuitive reading. When I tell you it was scarily accurate and that she knew things I had told no one, I'm not exaggerating. She helped me heal old wounds and "release" them in an effort to achieve more perfect health. I left feeling illuminated and lighter than I've ever felt before. After my session, I returned to Sarah where she delightfully exclaimed that my "tongue had finally lost its curl"...a big deal in Chinese healing. If you have nagging health issues that you can't seem to get to the bottom of, Deganit is the healer for you!
Nicole Weigl: Natural Healthy NYC
NY Wellness Center (Chelsea)
289 7th Avenue #4
New York, NY 10001
After years of visiting traditional doctors who would barely pull back the covers on my confusing health concerns, I found the wonderful office of Naturopathic Doctor, Nicole Weigl. She immediately knew how to treat my GI condition naturally, without obliterating my healthy gut bacteria, and put me on a sustainable plan for long term health. Knowledgeable in the field of epigenetics, she suggested genetic testing to get ahead and even avoid particular health conditions. Her practice offers in-office visits as well as phone and skype sessions making her a favorite of the busy, well-heeled Manhattanites. If you're tired of traditional western medicine and want to get a real grip on your health, call Nicole.
Kadam Morten: Kadampa Meditation Center
127 W 24th St,
New York, NY 10011
If spirituality is your thing, you need to go to the Kadampa Meditation Center in NYC on a Sunday to listen to Kadam Morten. He's hilarious, which you wouldn't expect from the spiritual set plus, he's easy to follow, even when sharing something profound. And remarkably, his lectures are always timely and relevant, as if he could read my crazy lay-person thoughts. It's no wonder his lectures draw a crowd ranging from A-list celebs, to yogis, to financiers.
Carey Davidson: Tournesol Wellness
26 E 36th St,
New York, NY 10016
Tournesol Wellness is a jewel in the midst of Manhattan's busiest center. Carey Davidson, the center's founder, is an intuitive healer, who like Deganit, can read into your health without you even uttering so much as a word. I went there to try vibroacoustic therapy, which, like deep tissue massage, helps you achieve harmonic flow. Carey put me on the table and immediately tuned into issues with my stomach and set the frequency of the table to target that area. The harmonic sound helps to reduce pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia and felt like being in a cocoon. When the treatment was done, I could barely stand as I was in a state of complete and utter relaxation. I floated home and told all my friends to put Carey & Tournesol on the "must visit" list.
Got any of your own favorite healers? Share in the comments below. xx